N N A A S S S S A A U U A A N N D D B B A A H H A A M M A A I I S S L L A A N N D D S S L L E E A A D D I I N N G G N N E E W W S S P P A A P P E E R R Eight charged over cour t riot C M Y K C M Y K V olume: 106 No.290SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 2010 PRICE 75 (Abaco and Grand Bahama $1.25 WEATHER PARTLY SUNNY HIGH 74F LOW 62F S P O R T S SEEPAGENINE Suns outshine the rest By NATARIO McKENZIE Tribune Staff Reporter email@example.com EIGHT people appeared in court yesterday in connection w ith the violent clashes that took place near the Bank Lane court earlier this week. Jonice Adderley, 25, Lynaire Bethel, 18, Fabian Rolle, 24, Derrick Adderley, 24, Lyndell Bethel, 18, Clinton Charles, 27, Jarvis Burrows, 29, and Clin ton Kemp appeared beforeD eputy Chief Magistrate Carolita Bethel in Court 8, Bank Lane. They were before the bench to answer charges stemming from an altercation that occurred near the Central Police Station on Wednesday afternoon, minutes after the arraignment of Javan Colebrooke, 30, who is charged with the murder of 20-year-old Lynden Bethell Jr, of Balls Alley, Nassau. Mr Bethell was fatally stabbed during a fight with a group of people outside the main entrance to Club Illusion, on East Bay Street, on Sunday. Jonice Adderley and Lynaire Bethel are charged together with two counts of causing pub lic terror. Court dockets state the two, with the intent to cause public terror, wantonly assaulted ASP Bradley Sands and local Constable 5041 Comarcho. They both pleaded not guilty to the charges. Officer Comarcho was reportedly patrolling on Bay Street Wednesday afternoon when he was confronted by a rowdy group of persons. He asked them to desist. According to police, the individuals surrounded Officer Comarcho in a threatening manner at which time ASP Ar r aignments after Bank Lane c haos earlier this w eek McCOMBO OF THE DAY N E W The Tribune THEPEOPLESPAPER BIGGESTANDBEST BAHAMASEDITION w ww.tribune242.com THEBAHAMASBIGGEST CARSFORSALE, HELPWANTED ANDREALESTATE I N S I D E CHARGED: Eight people charged in connection with the trouble earlier this week are pictured outside of court yesterday. By TANEKA THOMPSON Tribune Staff Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org TWO of the four remaining straw vendors facing trial in New York were sentenced to time served and released on three years probation. Gale Rolle and Roshandra Rolle, who were sentenced on November 4 and 5 respectively, were also ordered to pay restitution to two designer brands said to be Coach and Louis Vuitton with the amounts to be determined following the courts approval of consultations between the prosecution and the defence. This comes in spite of a recommendation from the prosecution for Ms Rolle to be sentenced to 12 to 18 months for her crime. TWO OF FOUR REMAINING STRAW VENDORS ARE RELEASED ON PROBATION SEE page seven F e l i p M a j o r / T r i b u n e s t a f f SEE page seven PMWARNS RESIDENTS TO TREAT STORM SERIOUSLY By PAUL G TURNQUEST Tribune Staff Reporter email@example.com THE co-operation and friendship between the Peoples Republic of China and the Bahamas was greatly increased by Prime Minister Hubert Ingrahams visit, Chinese Ambassador Hu Dingxian told The Tribune yesterday. Arriving back to the Bahamas yesterday following his visit to Barbados for the funeral of former Prime Minister David Thompson on Wednesday, Mr Ingraham was greeted at the airport by the Ambassador. Speaking briefly with the press at the Lynden Pindling International Airport ,Ambassador Hu said Mr Ingraham informed him that he was very satisfied with his visit to China. THERE were reports last night that a computer systems failure at the United States Customs and Border Protection at the Lynden Pindling International Airport caused delays for departing pas sengers. According to a traveller bound for London, more than 50 peo ple were told they would not be processed and allowed to enter the departure gate because of the failure. The traveller feared their respective flights would leave without them because of the delay. "I called the manager and said 'You can't be leaving us'. I said 'What are we supposed to do? Why can't we go through clearance in Miami?" said the disgruntled traveller. The traveller added that fingerprint and eye scanning systems appeared not to be working, and said the group was eventually processed by agents using laptops who were able to access the sys tem. "They got the system up and we're all straight, we made it," said the traveller who spoke to The Tribune before boarding his flight. "But it was a close call". A US Customs and Border Protection employee at LPIA last night referred all questions to the US Embassy, whose press officer was not available. REPORTS:AIRPORT DELAYS AFTER US CUS T OMS C OMPUTER GLITCH PMS VISIT GREATLY INCREASES BAHAMAS AND CHINAS FRIENDSHIP SEE page three DAYLIGHT SAVING TIMEwill end at 2 a.m on Sunday, November 7 when The Bahamas will revert to Eastern Standard Time. The extension of Daylight Saving Time to the first Sun day in November is in keeping with the policy adopted in October, 2006 to extend Daylight Saving Time. Accordingly, Daylight Saving Time is expected to begin the second Sunday in March, 2011. CLOCK S CHANGE THIS SUNDAY By MEGAN REYNOLDS Tribune Staff Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org THE southeastern Bahamas braced for the impact of Hurricane Tomas last night as Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham warned residents to treat the category one storm seriously. Strong winds of up to 75mph with stronger gusts were expected to batter the islands of Inagua, Mayaguana, Ack lins, Crooked Island and the Ragged Island chain, as well as storm surge, destructive waves and heavy rainfall of three to five inches. The Prime Minister warned residents of those islands to stay indoors, leave unsafe houses and seek shelter in shel ters set up across the islands at a press conference called by the National Emer gency Management Agency (NEMA yesterday afternoon. Mr Ingraham praised NEMA for its proactive approach as warnings were sent out early in the week and shelters established long before Tomas reached the Bahamas. Businesses were closed on the islands yesterday as residents expected impact from the storm early in the day. However by 5pm Inagua resident Tel lison Glover said there was little activity to report. He said the light rain and winds were not out of the ordinary, but he expected the storm to hit at around 8pm. A total of 23 residents had checked into the islands two shelters for its 1,000 residents by 5pm yesterday. And Father Glover, 27, a priest at St SEE page seven NASSAU
C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 2010, PAGE 3 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM During his stay in China, they visited Beijing, and Shanghai and attended the summit of the leaders for the ShanghaiE xpo, and also the closing ceremony of the Shanghai Expo. He just now told me that he had a wonderful time and h ad a wonderful meeting with the Chinese leaders. He said he was very satisfied with his visit. So I congratulate him on h is successful visit. His visit has enhanced the friendship that already exists between our two countries. It has furthered the under-s tanding and cooperation between our two peoples, he s aid. Yesterday, the press attempted to gain some insight on the Prime Ministers discussions with his Chinese counterparts on the controversial $2.6billion Baha Mar project. However, Mr Ingraham stressed he was not going to address the issue yesterday. O ver the past week, reports have surfaced that the Prime Minister and the Chinese lenders had reached some compromises over the projects level of Chinese labour and the single phase construction aspect of the deal. The Tribune was informed that compromises were found on three points with the China State Construction Company the general contractor for the resort, and the ChinaI mport Export Bank. However, Robert Sands, senior vice president of government and external affairs at Baha Mar, suggested other-w ise. He said the developers and their Chinese partners c ontinue to work together on the points raised by Mr Ingraham. A MAN has been convicted of manslaughter in the 2007 shooting death of a Cocktails and Dreams nightclub security guard. After four hours of deliberation, a 12-member jury found Raphael Neymour guilty of manslaughter by provocation in the death of Cocktails and Dreams security guard Huel Charles Ferguson. Mr Ferguson was killed out side the club on August 30, 2007. Neymour, of Yellow Elder Gardens, who was represented by attorney Wayne Munroe, had been on trial for murder. According to witnesses, a man dressed in a white T-shirt and blue jeans got out of a white SUV and opened the gate to the club's parking lot that morning. Mr Ferguson questioned him and the man pulled out a gun and shot him. Neymour had allegedly told police that he had shot Mr Fer guson in self defence. At the trial, Neymour denied that he confessed to the killing and denied that he had been at the club that night. He was arrested at Fort Charlotte on the morning of the incident, but claimed that he had been waiting for a bus to take him to work. Neymour is expected to be sentenced on November 12. Senior Justice Jon Isaacs presided over the trial. THE trend of copper thefts continued this week with nearly $5,000 worth of copper pipes and fittings being stolen from a government construction site in Grand Bahama. As a result of the spree of copper heists, police are reaching out to the public for help as well as issuing a strong warning to those purchasing the stolen goods. In the latest incident, copper goods valued at $4,651 were stolen from a trailer on the construction site of the new government complex on the Mall Road. The theft reportedly happened between 8pm on Thursday and 8am on Friday. Officers from the Central Detective Unit are investigating the matter. Asst Supt of Police Hector Delva said police are asking anyone who may have any information regarding this incident to call the police at 911 or the Central Detective Unit at 325-9774/5. The police would also like to issue a strong warning to persons who are purchasing these stolen items that when they are caught they will be held criminally liable for several criminal violations, including aiding and abetting the offence of stealing and also receiving stolen goods, he said. This incident comes on the heels of thieves stealing copper wire from a ZNS transmission site in South Beach, New Providence in September, forcing the AM1540 radio station to shut down temporarily. Just last week, security guards at the transmission site thwarted thieves intent on stealing copper wiring that had just been installed as part of the ZNS' work to replace the damaged infrastructure from September's theft. "I vex at all this ignorance, violence and killing that is so rampant on this small island. These buffoons ain' ga catch sense until the tourists stop coming and we eating mud pie and dirt soup because our bread and butter dry up. "We need to focus on education and social reform to hope to change the course of the younger generation because I am convinced the teenagers and young adults and some of the old ones only worried about getting drunk at Fish Fry, dutty wining and socking someone upside their head. I wish I could sock some of them with some sense!" Vex in South Beach. "I vex at all these people who cross the road without looking left or right, with no regard for traffic like they have a bumper on their behind! This time I driving at the speed limit but constantly have to slam on the brakes to avoid knocking some fool who sauntering across the world with no regard for their life. I am tired of people acting like they own the road. Mad Motorist. "I is vex with that senior official who could not explain how Batelco outrageously charged so many of its customers. It's simple, people are to blame. People work the computers which input the data. Y'all jokey. "I is vex when I hear a politician explaining the potholes and damage to your vehicle and could not make the connection as to compensation for damages. Vex Motorist. "My vexation yuck up that with 'bout 3,000 churches in this one lil' country with pastors, preachers, lay preachers, deacons, apostles, prophets, anointed, visionaries, first ladies, rev erends, elders, altar persons, bishops, organists, choir, gospel singers, church building committee, raffle committee, parade committee, prayer group, reverend doctors, this committee that commit tee, celebrating this and that then how come there is so much blatant-in-your face public wrongdoing by the people? How come all the crime. Amen. "I'm glad the government doing all these road works, giving us new roads, etc. But what I really wanna know is if this mean they gonna neglect fixing the regular potholes on roads not part of the new improvement plan. Some of these potholes getting bigger and bigger. Who gonna pay when my car is damaged going into one of these craters? I think government should compensate me when my axle break. Annoyed motorist. "I vex with how dirty some people are and how businesses, especially restaurants, make only minimal effort to keep their bathrooms clean. I've travelled to many big cities and am often amazed by how clean bathrooms are in restaurants and stores which are frequented by thousands of peo ple every day. "Here, it seems to be a mystery to some busi nesses how to keep their bathroom facilities clean with only a handful of customers visiting their establishment. It doesn't seem to occur to people to maybe hire a permanent cleaning person. Digusted in Marathon. WHY YOU VEX? S EVERAL people were shot or stabbed by bandits on Thursday as Nassaus armed robbery spree continued. At around 4pm, a 39-yearold man was walking down Haven Road off Soldier Road when he was approached by a group of men who attempted t o rob him. Police are unsure why the attempt failed, but say a member of the group then stabbed the man in the abdomen. The victim was taken to hospital where he is listed in serio us but stable condition. Police are investigating. Shortly after 9pm, a 29-yearold man was walking through a track road near the Queen Elizabeth Sports Centre in Oakes Field when he was approached by two men, one of them armed with a handgun. T he men demanded cash, but the victim ran away. They fired after him and he was hit in the right arm. He was taken to hospital, where he is listed in stable condition. At around the same time on B alfour Avenue, a 42-year-old Coconut Grove man was walking when he was approached by man and a woman both of whom were armed with knives. When the pair tried to rob the man of his jewellery he put up a fight, which resulted in his b eing stabbed several times. The victim was rushed to the hospital by ambulance, where he is listed in stable condition. Also on Thursday, the Asue Draw in Fox Dale Subdivision and Bernard Road was robbed o f an undetermined amount of cash, but no one was hurt during the incident. Police say two masked men, both armed with handguns, entered the establishment and demanded cash. The culprits robbed the business of an undisclosed amount of cash and fled the area in a g rey Honda Civic, licence plate number 88434, heading in an unknown direction. The vehicle was recovered a short time later. Police are investigating all of these incidents. Shooting and stabbings in armed robbery spree $5,000 worth of copper pipes and fittings stolen MANSLAUGHTER CONVICTION IN 2007 SHOOTING DEATH PMs visit greatly increases Bahamas and Chinas friendship FROM page one B ACKHOME: P rime Minister Hubert Ingraham and his delegation return from their trips to the Peoples Republic of China and Barbados Friday. P a t r i c k H a n n a / B I S
EDITOR, The Tribune. UNANSWERED:The g reat unknown of Baha Mar What will the tax conc essions total? Y ou published my previous letter of October 27, 2 010 on this question. However, possibly I might be wrong to have hoped theu sually quick to respond Baha Mar spokesperson hash ad his voice muted, as t here has been no release, no comment, absolute silence, as if that does not matter. I recall back when Kerzn er was applying for his Phase2 the PLP in opposition challenged P.M. Ingraham as to the cost and value of the concessions Kerzner-A tlantis was going to receive in the case of Baha Mar, also silence from the PLP, except it seems they 1000 per cent endorse the proposal. W here does Atlantis have most favoured country status is beyond me it was in f act also agreed by a Heads o f Agreement the Christie G overnment signed with A tlantis and all it states is, if i n New Providence a casin o-hotel project of at least 500 rooms was to receive increased concessions then Kerzner will receive the same. I am concerned also as to what the impact will be of t he US$24 million in simple i nterest payments, Baha Mar will have to pay the I mport-Export Bank of China every year for the five years of build-out? I want definition and conf irmation precisely what Baha Mar will actually make a vailable under the clause t hey agreed to in Heads No. 1, where they committed to f unding and paying for training of Farmers and Fishermen we have not heard at hing about that. I do not agree with the G overnment Chinese L abour Parliamentary Resolution as all matters relating to Immigration are Con stitutionally in the hands of t he Minister so responsible. Baha Mar must come c lean, tell the whole story not just what they want us to know. A BRAHAM MOSS, Nassau, November, 2010. C M Y K C M Y K EDITORIAL/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR PAGE 4, SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 2010 THE TRIBUNE The Tribune Limited NULLIUS ADDICTUS JURARE IN VERBA MAGISTRI Being Bound to Swear to The Dogmas of No Master LEON E. H. DUPUCH, Publisher/Editor 1903-1914 SIR ETIENNE DUPUCH, Kt., O.B.E., K.M., K.C.S.G., ( Hon.) LL.D., D.Litt P ublisher/Editor 1919-1972 Contributing Editor 1972-1991 EILEEN DUPUCH CARRON, C.M.G., M.S., B.A., LL.B. Publisher/Editor 1972Published Daily Monday to Saturday Shirley Street, P.O. Box N-3207, Nassau, Bahamas Insurance Management Building., P.O. F-485, Freeport, Grand Bahama TELEPHONES Switchboard (News, Circulation and Advertising A dvertising Manager (242 Circulation Department (242 Nassau Fax: (242 Freeport, Grand Bahama: 1-(242 Freeport fax: (242 WEBSITE w ww.tribune242.com updated daily at 2pm WASHINGTON The Republicans' h uge victory in congressional elections c ould crimp President Barack Obama's h opes of resetting relations with Russia and open the way for a new get-tough approach with China. T he congressional shake-up after Tuesday's vote also could bring better backingf or Obama's policies in Afghanistan. But i t could force the president to ease d emands that Israel make concessions to the Palestinians on settlement building in the West Bank, a crucial issue in stalled p eace talks. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton has said the election results willn ot change the U.S. course abroad b ecause "politics stops" at the nation's borders. Republicans and Democrats, she said, c an "build coalitions" and "find allies on issues that are in America's interests." Despite her words, the dramatic shift in t he American political scene is bound to have an effect. A stronger Republican voice in Congress may push the president to slow plans t o begin withdrawing from Afghanistan in July and badger him to be even tougher on Iran over its suspected nuclear weapons programme. Simmering conflicts with China probably could be most open to quick U.S.a ction with Republicans holding a major ity in the House of Representatives and more seats in the Senate. T heir tougher approach on human rights and minority issues in China may extend to Beijing's currency, which many Democrats also want raised against the dollar so that American goods can better compete in international markets. Failure by China to act could lead to s tronger bipartisan calls for sanctions. More Republicans in office could help Obama on trade deals. Many of Obama's Democrats are sus picious of an accord with South Korea to slash trade barriers on industrial goods and services, which has languished since it was signed in 2007 by George W. Bush's Republican administration. Opponents in Congress want Seoul to do more to deal with its surplus in auto trade and allow more access to American beef. Obama now backs the deal as a way to improve American exports and strength en ties with an important U.S. ally. He has directed his trade officials to settle d ifferences before the Group of 20 econ omic summit November 11-12 in Seoul. B ut Obama's foreign policy could take a battering over efforts to improve relations with Russia. Many conservativesh ave not shed their Cold War distrust of Moscow and are sceptical of a nucleara rms pact Obama and Russian President D mitry Medvedev signed in April. R epublicans fell short of a majority in the Senate, but 67 affirmative votes are needed to ratify the treaty. O bama may have a better chance in the interim lame duck session that begins November 15. W hile Democrats are losing patience w ith the almost decade-long Afghanistan conflict, Obama probably will find backing for his war policies from Republicans. T hat could come with pressure to limit or shelve plans to begin withdrawing in July. I n the Middle East, strong Republican gains probably will cost Obama some manoeuvring room in his sponsorship of peace talks between Israel and the Pales t inians. The president has pressured the Israelis to stop their West Bank and Jerusalem settlement building projects. On the global environment, the election campaign already has hurt Obama'sc hances of passing legislation that would curb climate-warming emissions. In a sign of the legislation's unpopulari ty, candidates from both parties railed against it as anti-business at a time of high unemployment and slow economic growth. That means it is unlikely that Obama can lobby effectively for a global pact that would bind countries to limits on green-h ouse gasses. The issue has become a political loser domestically. Interestingly, Obama is leaving the country this week on a much-delayed tour of Asia, which will give him a chance to put himself back on the world's radar after a long and bitter political season at home. But the American economy is still the prime concern of U.S. voters and the presidential election now just two years away. Obama is unlikely to be able to retreat to a focus on foreign affairs. (This article is by Steven R. Hurst, Associated Press writer). Silence on Baha Mar question LETTERS l email@example.com New Congress to affect overseas ties -,00<&$'($8RI )LUH7UDLO5G E DITOR, The Tribune. Members of The Royal S ociety of St. George are currently selling poppies at various outlets in Nassau. The proceeds collected ben e fit the few remaining B ahamian veterans all of whom are members of theN assau Branch of the British L egion. Unfortunately, the youngsters today are unfa miliar with the significanceo f the poppy, unlike the old er generation who remember poppies being sold at school. Some years ago, you published a poignant poem for me (author unknown and as Remembrance Day will soon be celebrated at the Cenotaph, I am requesting that you publish it once again to remind us all that w e have indeed, forgotten again. JUDY ANSELLlGRINDROD President Royal Society of St George SIGNIFICANCE OF THE POPPIES Why are they selling poppies Mummy, selling poppies in town today? The poppies child, are f lowers of love for the men who marched away. B ut why have they chosen a poppy Mummy, why not a beautiful rose? Because my child, men f ought and died i n the fields where the poppies grow. B ut why are the poppies so red Mummy? Why are the poppies so red? R ed is the colour of blood my child, the blood that our soldiers shed. The heart of the poppy is black Mummy. W hy does it have to be black? Black my child is the sym bol of grief f or the men who never c ame back. B ut why Mummy are you crying so? Your tears are giving you pain. M y tears are my fears my child for the world is forgetting again. Significance of poppies EDITOR, The Tribune. I am just wondering if the Government is really looking at what is going on in The Bahamas. It seems that where they are lawyers, they are just looking at it as a business to have when their term is over. All I hear about is Baha Mar and unions. No one is being hanged for murder, if they dont want to hang them, then put them to sleep. Think like a family person, not a lawyer, and stop making us pay for the debt you have put us in. CONCERNED Nassau, October 18, 2010. Stop making us pay the debt Shar e your news The T ribune wants to hear from people who are making news in their neighbourhoods. Perhaps you are raising funds for a good cause, campaigning for improvements in the area or have won an award. If so, call us on 322-1986 and shar e your stor y
By DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org FREEPORT The Grand Bahama District of the Scout Association of the Bahamas recently donated food to Rayberthas Citizens Centre, an assisted living facility for senior citizens. Clayton Curtis, acting district commissioner, said the Scouts also interacted with seniors during their visit to the facility on Thursday. He noted that such activities help to develop a sense ofduty and service in the boys as well as fulfilling a mandate to encourage responsible citizenship. Mr Curtis said during the month of October the boys were asked to collect a number of items they felt could be of some use to the residents of assisted-living facilities. They donated cleaning supplies, non-perishable food items, toiletries and other household items which were presented to the administrator and residents of the facility. He explained that Scouts in general, but Cub Scouts in par ticular, are encouraged to think of others before themselves and to do a good turn every day. Mr Curtis said the donation was their way of actually living out the promise that they made when they were installed into the Worldwide Brotherhood of Scouting. He said that the organisa tion positively impacts and influences young boys in various communities here on the island. The Scout Association caters to boys between the ages of six and a half to 16, at which time they are eligible to become Venture Scouts and eventually Scout leaders when they reach the age of 18. Mr Curtis said the visit to the Centre is the beginning of ongoing visits by the local Scout organisation. It was suggested that this visit could be the beginning of a long-term relationship where the boys can visit on a regular basis, spend time interacting with the residents, listening to their stories or reading with them; performing chores to assist with the upkeep of the facility or even fulfil require ments for the various proficiency badges that the programme offers, he said. Rayberthas Centre is operated by Raymond and Albertha Hudson. The facility, which is situated at Bay Berry Lane and East Atlantic Drive, has been in operation for the past five years. Mrs Hudson said she was very grateful to the Scout Association for their donation and looks forward to an continuing relationship with the organisa tion. Mr Curtis said the Scout Association was established in the Bahamas close to 100 years ago and has been providing wholesome activities for young boys and men. He said participation in the organisation has several advan tages which include leadership/character development through working in small peer groups; outdoor activities that include hiking, camping and field trips; spiritual growth which emphasises making faith a part of daily living and behaviour; responsible citizenship with a duty to country and community along with environmental consciousness. C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 2010, PAGE 5 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITYRestaurant managers needed for leading fast food franchiseRequirements : Please submit resume to: Human Resources Department North LAST weekend marked the opening of a new senior citizen and community centre in the Hawksbill settlement named after a 101-year-old icon on the island of Grand Bahama. Member of Parliament for Eight Mile Rock Vernae Grant officially opened the Lillian Been Community/Senior Citizen Centre. A known icon in the Hawksbill settlement and in Grand Bahama, Lillian Been has been teaching music and taking care of the children for many decades. Mrs Grant said the naming of the centre was easy after they had done their research to find the greatest icon in the community. The Minister of State in the Ministry of Finance Zhivargo Laing was the special guest and said it gave him great pleasure to officially open the centre. Minister Laing said Lillian Been is 101 years old and up until 2004 she was still teaching piano lessons. P ARENTS of local students are begging the police to implement strong security measures at Freedom Farm after violence marred the Bahamas Association of Independent Secondary Schools softballc hampionship last year. T he BAISS Softball play-offs open this evening at Freedom Farm off Yamacraw Road, but parents are leery about what to expect. Last year, pandemonium broke o ut when rival gangs filtered through t he bushes and started yanking jewellery from around the necks of players and feuding with one another. W ith giggling teenage girls egging o n the boys, shouting matches turned into fights and the single policeman present fired a warning shot into the air, causing parents and players to flee in panic. One boy was stabbed outside the c ompound. Another was seen teari ng up fence posts and smashing them on the ground, destroying the chain link fencing. Several police cars arrived, but o nly after the fact. A coach told me this happens every year, but the police never take proper preventative measures and only respond once a problem arises, one parent said. Its really such a shame. These k ids work so hard to represent their schools to the best of their ability and their coaches give up an enormous amount of time to train them. This should be a fun, family e vent, but with the island virtually u nder siege because of all the shooti ngs and killings, none of us feel safe. In fact, we are reluctant to even let our kids play. I beg the police to take the necessary steps to allow the play-off and championship games to take place without another injuryo r, worse, loss of life, the parent s aid. The police also have to be taught how to deal with these situations without resorting to the Rambo-like behaviour weve witnessed lately. P lease, Mr. Greenslade, protect us, s he begged. Parents beg police for security at schools softball Call comes after violence marred last years event FROMLEFT: Fritz Thompson; Alvin Smith, chief councillor, Freeport; Urisemar Farrington, councillor; Howard Grant; Vernae Grant; Lillian Been; Minister Zhivargo Laing; Kwasi Thompson, Member of Parliament for Pineridge, Senator Fredrick McAlpine and Mrs McAlpine. GB SENIOR CITIZEN CENTRE NAMED AFTER 101-YEAR-OLD COMMUNITY ICON FOODDONATION: Scouts meet the senior citizens at the centre. SCOUTS DONATE FOOD TO SENIOR CITIZENS FACILITY
The Bahamas National Trust issued the following response to an article calling for a ban on development within national parks, printed in The Tribune on October 29. N otwithstanding our firm c ommitment to the protect ion of our natural resources, t he Bahamas National Trust h olds the view that there is a distinct and fundamental diff erence between the unres tricted exploitation of public r esources within a national park and the acceptance of reasonable access for non-c ommercial use of private property. According to the Interna tional Union for the Conservation of Nature, of which the Bahamas National Trust is a longstanding member, n ational parks are protected a reas "managed to achieve t he long-term conservation o f nature." The BNT has a dopted this approach for t he Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park, which was created in1958, and designated a notake zone in 1986. In addition to the conservation benefits of protectinga relatively undeveloped port ion of the Exuma Cays, the park is a significant talking point for our national t ourism product. We have s uccessfully prevented com m ercial development in the 176-square-mile park, but we have to acknowledge theu nconstitutionality of banning all private development or of applying confiscatory t axes on property owners. About a third of all land within the Exuma park has b een privately owned since well before the park was crea ted, mostly by international persons who pay significant taxes, which have been welcomed by the government as part of the national revenue. W e certainly do not agree with those who are calling o n the government or the B NT to trap people into owning valuable and highly t axed land but not allow them reasonable access and u se. Successive governments have chosen not to do this,a nd taxes have been collecte d over many years while owners have been allowed tob uy and sell their properties. T he BNT has no interest in engaging in a militant campaign to destabilise private property rights over the issueo f minimal localised develo pment proposals conducted under strict environmen t al protocols and using best m anagement practices. Dredging is sometimes required to develop and maintain navigation infra s tructure and for other pur poses. Our goal must be to a chieve a balance between the need to dredge and the application of proper envi ronmental safeguards. The BNT hereby also refutes the claim that dredging at Bell Island has already begun our Exuma Park S taff confirm this is not true. No dredging will be allowed until the Environmental Management Plan has been completed and presented to the BNT and the BEST Commission for review. Some on-land site preparation work is underway, as well as the clearance of invasive casuarina trees, but d redging may not begin until there is an approved Environmental Management Plan in place, which meets thes tringent environmental safeg uards prescribed by the BNT and BEST. M ost of the planned work a t Bell Island is on land and will not disturb the seabed except for the provision of navigable access. In line witho ur respect for private own ership within the park, it is worth noting that the BNTi s not necessarily opposed to environmentally compatible, non-intrusive and limited development on these pri vate islands within park boundaries. However, we note with interest that the new Plann ing and Subdivisions Act offers an unprecedented opportunity to control inap propriate and environmentally destructive development both inside and outside park boundaries. In fact under this progressive new environmental legislation, the BNT will shortly begin working with the Ministry of the E nvironment to develop a carefully crafted land use plan for the entire Exuma Cays both inside and out s ide the park. I t is true that in the past people have enjoyed tradi t ional access to resources s uch as thatch or fish within the park, but it became imperative for the BNT to stop those activities 25 yearsa go in order to achieve our conservation goals. In the 1950s there was an a bundance of marine resources throughout the Bahamas. In fact, lobster was often used as bait back then. But over the years these resources came under heavy p ressure and suffered signif icant declines. Bigger and more efficient fishing vessels began sweeping the cuts ofa ll the cays both inside and o utside the park, and there were more and more excur s ionists coming from Nassau a nd elsewhere to fish in the park. We do not believe that the designation of the Exumap ark as a no-take zone in 1986 caused any hardship for Exumians or other Bahami a ns. In fact, all the evidence shows that the protection of marine resources within the park has led to larger and healthier fisheries outside the park. C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS PAGE 6, SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM CENTRAL GOSPEL CHAPELCHRISTIE & DOWDESWELL STREETS Tel: 325-2921SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 2010 Bible Class: 9:45 a.m. Breaking of Bread Service: 10:45 a.m. Community Outreach: 11:30 a.m. Evening Service: 7:00 p.m. Midweek Service 7:30 p.m. (Wednesdays)11:30 A.M. SpeakerPASTOR BRADLEY KINGof East Street Gospel ChapelNovemebr is Anniversary Month Celebrating Gods Faithfulness Grants Town Wesley Methodist Church( Baillou Hill Rd & Chapel Street) P.O.Box CB-13046 The Holy Ghost Prayer-Line number is 326-7427(www.gtwesley.org)SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 2010Theme: As a wise master builder, I laid a foundation and another was building upon it."7:00 a.m.:Deacon Elmena Bethell/Sis. Rosemary Williams 11:00 a.m.:Rev. Carla Culmer/Bro. Ernest Miller (HC 7:00 p.m.:Bro. 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Philips Anglican Church, one of the shelters in Mathew T own, said people were well p repared. Really and truly, the entire day people have justb een at home with their families, just waiting, he said. It was a mad rush at the g rocery store between 7am a nd 4pm on Thursday. A lot of people have been battering down the hatchesa nd securing their homes. But people are not as fearful as they were when H urricane Ike hit in 2008, b ecause that was a category f ive storm, and they expected i t to be bad. Then it was worse than expected because i t damaged so many homes. Although Tomas is the w eakest level category one s torm, Mr Ingraham warned residents not to treat it lightly. "I want to say to the people of Inagua, Mayaguana, A cklins, Crooked Island and L ong Cay and to some extent to the people of Long Island and Ragged Island that they o ught to take the hurricane w arnings very seriously," s aid Mr Ingraham, hours a fter returning to the count ry from an official trip to China and then Barbados. H e noted how Hurricane Tomas devastate St Lucia onS aturday, killing at least 13 p eople and destroying the islands vital banana crop. The Prime Minister pledged his support for t hose affected by storms t hroughout the region, but assured Bahamians yesterday they are his top priority. H e said he had contact ed island administrators at a ll affected islands last night, p ledging his support. Mayaguana Island administrator Harvey Robertsr eported shelters were opened at the two schoolso n the island in Abraham's B ay and Pirate's Well yest erday morning, ready to receive the island's 300 residents as rain started to fall. B oats were taken out of the harbour and secured, and the health clinic was alsos ecured, with a local nurse b ased at the Abrahams Bay shelter. Right now we are just waiting and hoping that n othing comes. We are as prepared as we can possibly be, Mr Roberts said. C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 2010, PAGE 7 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM 5 2wk-Hi52wk-LowSecurit y P revious CloseToday's CloseChangeDaily Vol.EPS $Div $P/EYield 1.261.00AML Foods Limited1.011.010.000.1500.0406.73.96% 10.759.67Bahamas Property Fund10.6310.630.000.0130.200817.71.88% 6.184.50Bank of Bahamas4.904.900.000.5980.2608.25.31% 0 .580.18Benchmark0.180.180.00-0.8770.000N/M0.00% 3.492.84Bahamas Waste2.842.840.000.1680.09016.93.17% 2.152.14Fidelity Bank2.172.170.000.0160.040135.61.84% 12.509.62Cable Bahamas10.4710.470.001.0500.31010.02.96% 2.842.36Colina Holdings2.402.400.000.7810.0403.11.67% 7.005.40Commonwealth Bank (S1 6.506.500.000.4220.23015.43.54% 3.651.63Consolidated Water BDRs2.072.04-0.030.1110.04518.42.21% 2 .551.60Doctor's Hospital1.601.600.000.1990.1108.06.88% 6.995.94Famguard6.076.070.00-0.0030.240N/M3.95% 10.207.26Finco7.297.26-0.031,0000.2870.52025.37.16% 11.408.77FirstCaribbean Bank9.749.740.000.6450.35015.13.59% 5.513.75Focol (S 5.465.460.000.3660.21014.93.85% 1.001.00Focol Class B Preference1.001.000.000.0000.000N/M0.00% 5.595.00ICD Utilities5.595.590.000.0120.240465.84.29% 1 0.509.90J. 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The person appointed will report directly to the Financial Controller and will participate in: a)Preparation of the monthly financial statement package b)Performing analysis and reconciliations of various general ledger accounts c)Liaison with external auditors The position will ideally suit a person with ambition, motivation, the ability to supervise and delegate and who is w illing to work long hours. Remuneration will be commensurate with qualifications, capability and experience. In addition, Pension and Group Insurance benefits are available. Application in writing giving full details, i.e. qualifications, business experiences, etc., should be submitted no later than November 10th, 2010to: Human Resources Co-ordinator P. O. Box N-3238 Nassau, Bahamas We thank all applicants; however, only candidates to be interviewed will be contacted. Sands rushed to assist the constable. Both officers were reportedly assaulted during t he confrontation. Jonice Adderley, Lynaire Bethel and Derrick Adderley are also charged with resisting the lawful arrest of ASP Sands. They all pleaded not guilty to the charges. All eight have been charged with disorderly b ehaviour, causing damage to a $175 kakhi bush jacket, property of the Royal Bahamas Police Force. All eight persons have also been charged with causing damage to a black lanyard valued at $9.89. They have also been c harged with causing damage to a police cane and whistle valued at $136.32, causing harm to ASP Sands, assaulting ASP Sands, assaulting PC Comarcho as well as obstruc tion. They all pleaded not guilty to the charges. The accused, most of whom are residents of Balls Alley, were represented by attorney Deon Smith. Jonice Adderley, Lynaire Bethel and Derrick Adderley were granted bail in the sum of $5,000 with two sureties. The other accused were granted bail in the sum of $2,500. Their case has been adjourned to January 17 and 18, 2011. In the case of Gale Rolle the restitution order is expected to start in January, 2011, said Opposition spokesman on Foreign Affairs Fred Mitchell, with 10 per cent of her gross receipts of her income to be allocated to cover the debt. This was also confirmed by a source close to the trial. The two remaining vendors Marvette Ferguson and Marva Ferguson will appear in court on November 9 for sentencing, a statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said. According to the well-placed source, it is expected the two women will receive the same sentence as their counterparts. Whether or not the women will be allowed re-entry into the United States will be determined on an individual basis, said the source. "As someone who might be treated as a convicted (criminal but it's not impossible." The Ministry's statement said that the Bahamas' consul general in New York will continue to monitor the remaining cases. "The PLP continues to monitor the progress of these cases and continues to urge the Bahamas government to exercise greater vigilance and care in seeing that these matters are resolved speedily," said Mr Mitchell. In the criminal complaint filed in the US District Court, a Special Agent of the US Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs and Enforcement described how four of the nine straw vendors Roshandra Rolle, Gayle Rolle, Marva Ferguson and Marvette Ferguson came to New York City in May and met with wholesales in the city at various locations. The women are said to have handed over wads of cash in return for "bulky black garbage bags" full of items that they took back to their hotel. The group was eventually followed by a surveillance team to the JFK airport, and agents inspected the contents of their luggage after it had been checked in. The women were not arrested at that time, as the investigators continued to build their case. Arrests were eventually made during their last trip, on September 18, when the original four women were accompanied by five additional straw vendors. Those five vendors have already pleaded guilty and were sentenced to time served, placed on probation, released and have returned to the Bahamas. FROM page one PMwarns residents to treat storm seriously Eight charged over court riot F ROM page one The franchise operators of KFC in New Providence, Restaurants Bahamas Limite d, released a statement yest erday on talks between management and union representatives. The statement read: Restaurants Bahamas Limited, franchise operators o f KFC in New Providence, a nnounces that today mana gement met at the Department of Labour with representatives of the Bahamas Hotel Catering and Allied Workers Union with the objective of resolving outstanding issues. KFC vice president and general manager Gabriel Sastre said that some p rogress was made during t he meeting, but unfortunately there has not yet beena complete resolution. The session is scheduled to resume at the Department of Labour on Tuesday 9 November. Mr. Sastre said that d espite the good faith KFC h as continued to demonstrate, and notwithstanding the fact that during today's meeting both management and the union arrived at some concessions, employees at those KFC stores still open continue their workto-rule tactics, which to a great degree is disrupting s ervice. Management had to close the stores at Mackey Street and on Village Road early Thursday when the union directed employees to work to rule, which meant that customer service worke rs refused to work as c ashiers. Later on Thursday o ther KFC stores were forced to close, and on Friday the work-to-rule continued at half the stores. In the circumstances, we had nobody manning the cash registers and could not service our customers, and so we were forced to close these outlets, said Mr. Sast re. The company has said repeatedly that it is prepared to continue talks with the union, for as long as it reasonably takes, in an effort to reach a compromise and get business back to normal i n all the stores. KFC remains firmly c ommitted to negotiations with the objective of an amicable compromise, said Mr. Sastre. However, situations like the work-to-rule on Thursday and Friday at our stores, which results only in a disruption of business and a loss in revenue. Unfortunately the few that are refusi ng to work makes it imposs ible to maintain service to our customers thus resulting in the closure of the stores. Even though there are a significant number of employees who are willingto work we have no alternat ive to take this very diffic ult decision. We apologise t o our loyal customers for the inconvenience that this industrial action is causing. We are anxious and hope to resolve these issues as quickly and as amicably as possible. F ROM page one Straw vendors Statement on KFC management talks with union
C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 2010, PAGE 11 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM UNDER the patronage of Anglican Bishop Rev Laish Boyd, Sr, and his wife, the Anglican Chorale will present its fifth annual Festival ofH ymns and Anthems at Christ Church Cathedral on George Street this Sunday at 4pm. Guest organist will be Ladislaw Pfeifer, director of the Cathedral Choir of Boys and Adults, and diocesan director of music for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield, Massachusetts. Mr Pfeifer has performed as a soloist in Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Holland and the US. He also served as a clinician for the American Guild of Organists and as music reviewer for the American Choral Directors Association. He spent the last 30 years as a music director for liturgical churches. During the 1990s he served as music director for the Nutmeg Childrens Chorus of Hartford, Connecticut. He founded the Torrington Childrens Chorus in 1998 before accepting his current post in November of 1999. Members We are pleased that members of the Anglican Youth Ensemble will be joining with the Chorale for this years F estival, festival organisers said. The programme will include the customary congregational singing of familiar hymns, some of which will be accompanied by a brass ensemble led by Assistant Superinten dent Dennis Sturrup, descants by the choir, and one selection supported by a handbell ensemble. In June 2010, the Anglican Chorale and Friends presented the variety concert, Hopef or the Nation, the proceeds from which were donated towards the restoration of The St Mary The Virgin Anglican Church in Old Bight, Cat island. Admission to the Hymn Festival is free. However, an offering will be taken and the church is asking for the continued support of the public as the proceeds of this event will be used to support the Communications Ministry of the Diocese of the Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos Islands. The Chorale is directed by Rosemary Hanna, assisted by Allison Dean and Dexter Fer nander. Anglican Chorale to present Festival of Hymns and Anthems